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New German Wine Laws

In early 2021, the parliament of Germany passed the tenth amendment to the German Wine Law of 1971. These new German wine laws create a classification system based on geography that will apply to all of German wine by 2026. This system consists of three quality pyramids — one within another within another. A familiar pyramid The first pyramid is the same as the one in use today. It starts with the country-wide Deutscher Wein designation at the bottom. The next tier up, Landwein, is for wines with geographical indication made within one of 26 Landwein regions in Germany (these include titles […]

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Laurelwood District AVA Map

Proposed by Luisa and Maria Ponzi Ponzi Vineyards and Kevin Johnson of Dion Vineyards in 2016, the Laurelwood District AVA was approved in early June of 2020 with July 6 as its official inauguration. The 33,600 acre AVA is located entirely within the Chehalem Mountains AVA of Oregon’s Willamette Valley and presently contains 25 wineries and 70 commercial vineyards. The name Laurelwood District references the Laurelwood soil series — a blend of loess and volcanic basalt widespread throughout the AVA. The TTB initially received objections to the name citing the presence of the Laurelwood soil series throughout the Willamette Valley, but with […]

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Tualatin Hills AVA Map

Proposed by Rudolf Marchesi of Montinore Estate, Alfredo Apolloni of Apolloni Vineyards, and Mike Kuenz of David Hill Vineyard and Winery, the Tualatin Hills AVA was approved in early June 2020 with July 6 as its official inauguration. The 144,000 acre Tualatin Hills AVA is entirely contained within the Willamette Valley and presently contains 21 wineries and 33 commercial vineyards. The AVA is located in the hills from 200 to 1,000 feet in elevation above the Tualatin River watershed. It is distinguished by a blend of Laurelwood, Kinton, and Cornelius soils that are overall rich in silt with limited organic […]

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Breaking Down The Wine Classification System of France

The French appellation system is made up of 3 tiers. Vin de France. IGP (Indication géographique protégée) AOP (Appellation d’origine protégée) Each tier comes with increasingly stringent requirements, but in many cases, comes with the benefit of increased name recognition. The Vin de France level comes with very few requirements, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Many outstanding producers use the Vin de France title when they want to experiment with new varieties or winemaking styles that would otherwise not be allowed. The IGP level covers wines made from specific geographical areas and with slightly tighter rules than the […]

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Southern Highlands

With the brisk chill of higher altitudes, Southern Highlands wineries produce ripe yet complex takes on Australian classics—Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon—and flavorful renditions of cooler climate varietals. Varietals Chardonnay, Riesling, Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Nebbiolo, Pinot Noir, Shiraz Hectares Under Vine 200 Climate Cool, Continental Soil Composition Basalt, Shale Elevation 54 – 906 meters

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Les Baux-de-Provence

This historical landscape of Les-Baux-de-Provence is home to a vibrant and exciting appellation. The unique character of the region and the fertile soil infuses the local wine with memorable aromas and flavors, while the organic and biodynamic harvesting methods ensure the exquisite quality of every bottle.

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Touraine Noble-Joué

A historic region on the western outskirts of the city of Tours, Touraine Noble-Joué is known for its characteristic “vin gris,” a rosé made with the body of Pinot Meunier, the finesse of Pinot Gris, and the length of Pinot Noir. Varietals Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Gris Hectares Under Vine 35 Output 1400hl Soil Conditions Limestone, chalk, clay, siliceous

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Tracing the Rhine for 60 miles, Mittelrhein weaves amongst hills and castles with vineyards in classic German style—filled with Riesling. Varietals Müller-Thurgau, Riesling, Spätburgunder Hectares Under Vine 467 Climate Continental

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